Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charged on Tuesday that if Republicans tried to shut down the federal government next week over defunding of Obamacare "it wouldn’t be the worst thing for Democrats."
“I think there are all sorts of threats going on by particularly some of the Republicans in the House and a few notables in the Senate," Clinton said at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, according to Politico
. "I think they ought to go back and read history.
"It wouldn’t be the worst thing for Democrats if they tried to shut the government down," Clinton said, referring to Capitol Hill Republicans. "We’ve seen that movie before. It didn’t work out too well [for Republicans].”
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The Senate this week is debating a continuing resolution to temporarily finance the federal government when the current fiscal year ends next week but would strip funding for Obamacare.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas,
who has long opposed financing the healthcare law, began filibustering the Senate on the issue Tuesday afternoon. As he began, the freshman senator said from the floor that he would speak against Obamacare "until I am no longer able to stand."
Last week, the House of Representatives voted 230-189 to finance the government through mid-December but strip funding for Obamacare. That legislation was sent to the Senate.
But Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the continuing resolution would pass the Senate without the provision to defund Obamacare — and President Barack Obama has said that he would not sign any legislation that excludes money for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“I find the debate over the issue to be quite unfortunate,” Clinton, who is considered a leading Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, told the CGI session, Politico reports. “On the one hand, a law was passed, it was upheld by the Supreme Court, it is the law of the land.”
She attacked the "noisy minority" of Republicans speaking out against Obamacare, warning that the GOP would be blamed for closing the government over financing the law.
“This president is not going to agree to defund … if they want to shut the government down, that’s on their head and their responsibility,” said Clinton, who worked unsuccessfully to revamp the nation's healthcare system during President Bill Clinton's term.
“Nobody is saying [Obamacare is] a perfect bill,” Clinton said, according to Politico, but she called it "a very important step forward" toward getting more Americans insured and cutting healthcare costs.
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